Walk in the light

Walk in the light, and thou shalt know
  That fellowship of love
His Spirit only can bestow,
  Who reigns in light above.
Walk in the light, and thou shalt find
  Thy heart made truly His;
Who dwells in cloudless light enshrined,
  In whom no darkness is.
Walk in the light, and sin abhorred
  Shall ne’er defile again;
The blood of Jesus Christ the Lord
  Shall cleanse from every stain.
Walk in the light, and e’en the tomb
  No fearful shade shall wear;
The glory shall dispel the gloom,
  For Christ hath conquered there.
Walk in the light, and thou shalt own
  Thy darkness passed away,
Because that light hath on thee shone
  In which is Perfect day.
Walk in the light, thy path shall be
  Serene and clear and bright;
For God, by grace, shall dwell in thee,
  And God Himself is Light.
Ana Lara

Storrs, Connecticut, United States

About the time “Thou art the Everlasting Word, ” was being sung, another hymn was also popular among the various congregations:

“Walk in the light, so thou shalt know

That fellowship of love

His Spirit only can bestow,

Who reigns in light above. ”

Bernard Barton, commonly known as the

“Quaker Poet” is its author.

Some references say Barton was born in Carlisle, where his father, who belonged to a notable Quaker family, was in business as a cotton manufacturer. But a letter written by the poet, which came to the attention of the author of “Stories and Sketches of Our Hymns and Their Writers, ” states that Barton was born in London on January 31, 1784 shortly after his parents moved to London.

Bernard Barton was sent to a Quaker school at Ipswich, and when he reached the age of fourteen, became an apprentice to a shopkeeper at Halstead in Essex. After eight years of service he moved to Woodbridge, Suffolk, where he entered into partnership with his brother-in-law as a coal and corn merchant. Following the death of his young wife, within a year of their marriage, Barton became unsettled and abandoned the business. He went to Liverpool, where he was employed as a tutor in the family of a city gentleman but remained with them for only for a brief period of time. He then returned to Woodbridge where he became a clerk in a bank. He held this position until his death on February 19, 1849.

The poetical works of Bernard Barton are numerous and attracted the attention of the English poet Robert Southey, whose character was opposite from Lord Byron’s. For a number of years, Bernard received a pension of 100 pounds a year by the recommendation of Sir Robert Peel. From his works, over twenty hymns have been selected and are being used at the present time, the best known being “Walk in the Light. ”

Steve Husting

Fountain Valley, California, United States

When the Spirit illuminates the Lord's glory, we see life with new eyes. Walk in that light.

Sunny Olatunji


Hallelujah... AMEN


Abuja, Nigeria, Central African Republic

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